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Date Fairness.com Resource Read it at: Feb 09, 2006 U.S. Detainee's Transfer Blocked: Attorneys Cite Fear of Torture
QUOTE: Shawqi Omar, a naturalized U.S. citizen who also has Jordanian citizenship, was captured in October 2004 and has been held in the U.S.-run detention system in Iraq while he awaits proceedings in Iraqi courts. Omar's attorneys filed a motion in U.S. District Court in Washington last week asking a judge to block his transfer to Iraqi custody for fear that he will be tortured.
Washington Post Jan 11, 2006 Kennedy Makes a Weapon Of McCain's Torture Law
QUOTE: Sen. Edward M. Kennedy (D-Mass.) argued that President Bush essentially wrote in a signing statement late last month that he could circumvent the law because of his authority to supervise "the unitary executive branch," potentially opening the door for him to allow torture. Kennedy accused Alito of supporting such signing statements...
Washington Post Jan 03, 2006 Ex-Inmates Describe Torture In Burma: Two Who Challenged Junta Still Pressing for Change
QUOTE: ...psychological and physical abuse endured by political prisoners in Burma, which is ruled by a military junta. More than 1,100 people remain in jail for seeking democratic reform, according to Amnesty International.
Washington Post Dec 26, 2005 Scholar Stands by Post-9/11 Writings On Torture, Domestic Eavesdropping: Former Justice Official Says He Was Interpreting Law, Not Making Policy
QUOTE: Widely considered the intellectual architect of the most dramatic assertion of White House power since the Nixon era, he has seen constitutional scholars skewer his reasoning and students call for his ouster from the University of California at Berkeley. Civil liberties advocates were appalled by a memo he helped draft on torture. The State Department's chief legal adviser at the time called his analysis of the Geneva Conventions "seriously flawed." Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor wrote, in a critique of administration views espoused by Yoo, "a state of war is not a blank check for the President when it comes to the rights of the Nation's citizens."
Washington Post Dec 23, 2005 Unable to End 'Unlawful' Detention, Judge Says
QUOTE: A federal judge in Washington ruled yesterday that the continued detention of two ethnic Uighurs at the U.S. prison facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, is "unlawful," but he decided he had no authority to order their release.
Washington Post Dec 15, 2005 The Get-Out-of-Torture-Free Card: Why is Congress banning torture but allowing the use of torture testimony?
QUOTE: Congress deserves a pat on the back today for facing down the Bush administration and passing John McCain's unconditional ban on torture, right? Not exactly. Alongside McCain's legislation sits another amendment that undercuts the ban by allowing for the legal use of testimony obtained by torture.
Slate Dec 14, 2005 Judith Miller, Interrogator
QUOTE: Should reporters "suggest" questions for interrogators, even questions that reprise questions the interrogator has asked before? Hell, no. If Judith Miller wanted to hear Salah's words for herself, she should have demanded that Rabin authorize a visit in a noninterrogation setting...
Slate Dec 09, 2005 Britain Bans Outside Data Obtained By Torture
QUOTE: Britain's highest court ruled Thursday that evidence that may have been obtained through torture in other countries cannot be used in British courts.
Washington Post Dec 08, 2005 Rice Seeks To Clarify Policy on Prisoners: Cruel, Inhuman Tactics By U.S. Personnel Barred Overseas and at Home
QUOTE: Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said Wednesday that the United States prohibits all its personnel from using cruel or inhuman techniques in prisoner interrogations, whether inside or outside U.S. borders. Previous public statements by the Bush administration have asserted that the ban did not apply abroad.
Washington Post Dec 06, 2005 Clear Rules Sought for Abuse by Foreign Troops: Military to Retool U.S. Response Policy
QUOTE: Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld has ordered military commanders to come up with clear rules for how U.S. troops around the world should respond if they witness mistreatment of detainees by other forces outside the United States...
Washington Post Dec 03, 2005 Abuse Found in China Prisons
QUOTE: The first U.N. investigator granted access to China's vast network of prisons and labor camps said Friday he had documented widespread use of torture despite government efforts to obstruct his probe.
Washington Post Dec 01, 2005 E.U. Seeks Details On Secret CIA Jails
QUOTE: The European Union cited possible "violations of international law" by the United States in requesting that the Bush administration clarify media reports and "allay parliamentary and public concerns" about secret CIA prisons and the transporting of al Qaeda suspects in Europe
Washington Post Nov 14, 2005 Medical Experts Debate Role In Facilitating Interrogations
QUOTE: Although the Bush administration has asserted that it does not condone or practice torture, articles in prominent medical forums such as the New England Journal of Medicine have said that doctors and behavioral scientists have violated ethical norms while interrogating terrorism suspects at the behest of the U.S. government and become "complicit in torture."
Washington Post Nov 12, 2005 Italy Seeks Extradition Of 22 CIA Operatives
QUOTE: Italian prosecutors on Friday formally requested the extradition of 22 U.S. citizens believed to be CIA operatives on charges that they seized an Egyptian Islamic cleric off a Milan street in early 2003 and flew him to Cairo, where he later said he was tortured.
Washington Post Nov 11, 2005 Pushing the Envelope on Iranian Repression
QUOTE: The election in June of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad , a former mayor of Tehran, threatens to erase the gains made by a civil society trying to organize and energize against all odds, Memarian said in an interview last Friday in Washington. But reformers are still working to expose arbitrary detentions, prisoner abuse and other injustices.
Washington Post Nov 09, 2005 Defense Document Bans Detainee Torture
QUOTE: Pentagon officials released a new directive yesterday on Defense Department intelligence interrogations, mandating that all questioning of detainees in U.S. military custody include "humane" treatment and banning "acts of physical or mental torture."
Washington Post Nov 07, 2005 Cheney Fights for Detainee Policy: As Pressure Mounts to Limit Handling Of Terror Suspects, He Holds Hard Line
QUOTE: Cheney's camp says the United States does not torture captives, but believes the president needs nearly unfettered power to deal with terrorists to protect Americans. To preserve the president's flexibility, any measure that might impose constraints should be resisted.
Washington Post Nov 02, 2005 CIA Holds Terror Suspects in Secret Prisons: Debate Is Growing Within Agency About Legality and Morality of Overseas System Set Up After 9/11
QUOTE: ...the CIA has not even acknowledged the existence of its [secret detention] sites. To do so, say officials familiar with the program, could open the U.S. government to legal challenges, particularly in foreign courts, and increase the risk of political condemnation at home and abroad.
Washington Post Sep 24, 2005 New Reports Surface About Detainee Abuse: Mistreatment Was Routine, Soldiers Say
QUOTE: Two soldiers and an officer with the Army's 82nd Airborne Division have told a human rights organization of systemic detainee abuse and human rights violations at U.S. bases in Afghanistan and Iraq
Washington Post Aug 03, 2005 Documents Tell of Brutal Improvisation by GIs: Interrogated General's Sleeping-Bag Death, CIA's Use of Secret Iraqi Squad Are Among Details
QUOTE: ...pressure to produce intelligence for anti-terrorism efforts and the war in Iraq led U.S. military interrogators to improvise and develop abusive measures, not just at Abu Ghraib but in detention centers elsewhere in Iraq, in Afghanistan and at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.
Washington Post Jul 28, 2005 Army General Advised Using Dogs at Abu Ghraib, Officer Testifies
QUOTE: Army Maj. Gen. Geoffrey D. Miller told top officers during an advisory visit to Iraq's Abu Ghraib prison that they needed to get military working dogs for use in interrogations, and he advocated procedures then in use at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay...
Washington Post Jul 17, 2005 Torture's Echoes: What Chile Can Teach Us About Ourselves
QUOTE: Stretching laws to permit abusive treatment of prisoners, employing doctors to probe the limits of pain, finding exceptional justification for practices routinely condemned in other countries -- all this can corrode the moral authority of a government and the norms of a free society. That's what happened in Chile during its 17 years of dictatorship.
Washington Post May 25, 2005 F.B.I. Is Accused of Ignoring Abuse of 2 Americans in Pakistan
QUOTE: American F.B.I. agents repeatedly interrogated two United States citizens who were illegally detained for eight months and did nothing to stop them from being tortured by Pakistani authorities...
New York Times May 12, 2005 Abu Ghraib Officer Gets Reprimand: Non-Court-Martial Punishment for Dereliction of Duty Includes Fine
QUOTE: The Army has decided to punish the top military intelligence officer stationed at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq in 2003 with a letter of reprimand and a fine...
Washington Post May 05, 2005 Judge Rejects Guilty Plea in Iraq Abuse Case
QUOTE: ...the judge's rejection of her guilty plea -- together with evidence at her sentencing hearing that senior Army commanders tolerated chaotic, dangerous and illegal conditions at the notorious prison outside Baghdad -- could undermine the Pentagon's assertion that the Abu Ghraib scandal was solely the fault of a small clique of enlisted soldiers.
Washington Post Apr 29, 2005 Detainee Questioning Was Faked, Book Says: U.S. Military Denies Staging Interviews
QUOTE: The U.S. military staged the interrogations of terrorism suspects for members of Congress and other officials visiting the military prison in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to make it appear the government was obtaining valuable intelligence, a former Army translator who worked there claims...
Washington Post Apr 23, 2005 Top Army Officers Are Cleared in Abuse Cases: One General Will Likely Get Reprimand Over Abu Ghraib
QUOTE: An Army inspector general's report has cleared senior Army officers of wrongdoing in the abuse of military prisoners in Iraq and elsewhere, government officials familiar with the findings said yesterday. The only Army general officer recommended for punishment for the failures that led to abuses at the Abu Ghraib prison and other facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan is Brig. Gen. Janis L. Karpinski
Washington Post Apr 22, 2005 Senate Urged to Probe CIA Practices: Intelligence Panel Should Examine Use of Rendition, Rockefeller Says
QUOTE: Taking to the Senate floor, the vice chairman of the intelligence committee [Sen. John D. Rockefeller--Ed.] chastised his colleagues yesterday for what he said was their failure to adequately monitor and evaluate the legality and effectiveness of the CIA's detention and interrogation practices.
Washington Post Mar 26, 2005 Toxic Indifference to North Korea
QUOTE: Since 2002, defectors among the flood of refugees from North Korea have detailed firsthand accounts of systematic starvation, torture and murder. Enemies of the state are used in experiments to develop new generations of chemical and biological weapons that threaten the world.
Washington Post Mar 08, 2005 Gonzales Defends Transfer of Detainees
QUOTE: Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales yesterday defended the practice of "extraordinary rendition," the process under which the United States sometimes transfers detainees in the war on terrorism to other nations where they may undergo harsh interrogation, trial or imprisonment.
Washington Post Mar 01, 2005 Suit Says Rumsfeld Knew About Abuse of Detainees
QUOTE: Two human rights groups personally targeted Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and three military officers in a federal lawsuit yesterday alleging that each knew in 2003 of widespread torture of Iraqi and Afghan detainees and violated their constitutional obligations to stop it.
Washington Post Feb 09, 2005 The Plain Meaning of Torture? Literary deconstruction and the Bush administration's legal reasoning.
QUOTE: It offers a remarkable example of textual interpretation run amok—less "lawyering as usual" than the work of some bizarre literary deconstructionist. And it's virtually impossible to read without wondering whether another casualty of this war on terror is the doctrine that words indeed mean what they say.
Slate Feb 03, 2005 Chertoff Denies Advising On Interrogation Tactics: In Cordial Senate Hearing, Homeland Security Nominee Says He Did Not Discuss 'Hypothetical' Cases
QUOTE: Michael Chertoff, President Bush's nominee for secretary of homeland security, said at his Senate confirmation hearing yesterday that he did not give intelligence officials any specific advice in 2002 when they asked him which interrogation techniques used on alleged terrorists might someday be prosecuted as illegal torture.
Washington Post Oct 10, 2004 In Mexico, a Question of Guilt by Protestation: Man Who Claimed Police Weren't Doing Enough to Solve Cousin's Murder Is Charged in Her Death
QUOTE: Investigations by the United Nations, the Inter-American Human Rights Commission, Amnesty International, members of the U.S. Congress and other groups have repeatedly shown that local [Mexican--Ed.] police have mishandled or fabricated evidence and failed to follow logical leads. The probes have found that police have sometimes framed suspects or tortured innocent people into making false confessions so they could claim to have solved cases.
Washington Post Aug 11, 2004 Report Faults U.N. Council on Rights Abuse
QUOTE: The U.N. Security Council may be "indirectly encouraging" human rights abuses around the world as part of its campaign to halt the spread of international terrorism, according to a report by Human Rights Watch.
Washington Post Jun 20, 2004 Torturing the Law The Justice Department's Legal Contortions on Interrogation
QUOTE: Two years ago, while government interrogators were attempting to wring information from alleged al Qaeda members imprisoned at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, and elsewhere, the Justice Department prepared a legal memorandum on the use of torture during interrogation. Its conclusions bring about an entirely new definition of torture, a distortion of fundamental constitutional law and a new approach to the application of international law.
Washington Post Jun 14, 2004 Israel's Example
QUOTE: Is it ever right to torture a captured terroristfor instance to obtain information about a future attack that could result in the deaths of American civilians? A few years ago Israels High Court of Justice considered this question with respect to Palestinian terrorists and Israeli civilians. Its answer? Almost never.
Washington Post Jun 08, 2004 Lawyers Decided Bans on Torture Didn't Bind Bush
QUOTE: ...after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks the administration's lawyers were set to work to find legal arguments to avoid restrictions imposed by international and American law.
New York Times May 26, 2004 General Is Said To Have Urged Use of Dogs
QUOTE: "Threatening a prisoner with a ferocious guard dog is no different as a matter of law from pointing a gun at a prisoner's head and ordering him to talk...That's a violation of the Geneva Conventions."
Washington Post May 13, 2004 Time to Stop 'Stress and Duress'
QUOTE: The sexual humiliation of prisoners at Abu Ghraib prison is so shocking that it risks overshadowing other U.S. interrogation practices that are also reprehensible.
Washington Post May 07, 2004 Bush Apologizes, Calls Abuse 'Stain' on Nation: A Stain on Our Country's Honor And Our Country's Reputation'
QUOTE: "I told him [King Abdullah] I was sorry for the humiliation suffered by the Iraqi prisoners, and the humiliation suffered by their families," Bush said. "
Washington Post May 07, 2004 The System Was Lacking
QUOTE: Those soldiers and private contractors humiliating Iraqi prisoners were operating within a set of assumptions about what they were and were not supposed to do. Did they get nods and winks that anything was okay as long as it produced results?
Washington Post May 03, 2004 Command Errors Aided Iraq Abuse, Army Has Found
QUOTE: An internal Army investigation has found a virtual collapse of the command structure in a prison outside Baghdad where American enlisted personnel are accused of committing acts of abuse and humiliation against Iraqi detainees.
New York Times Feb 14, 2004 'They Are Killing These People'
QUOTE: At least 20 Cuban dissidents, part of a group of 75 journalists, librarians and economists arrested nearly a year ago, are seriously ill in Cuban prison cells where they are being held under inhumane conditions...
Washington Post Dec 23, 2003 Execution Reveals Party's Grip in China: Case Highlights Flaws in Legal System
QUOTE: ...China's highest court upheld a death sentence and then allowed the execution on Monday of an alleged gangster despite testimony from eight prison guards that the man had admitted to ordering a mob killing only after lengthy torture.
Washington Post Nov 05, 2003 Deported Terror Suspect Details Torture in Syria: Canadian's Case Called Typical of CIA
QUOTE: A Canadian citizen who was detained last year at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York as a suspected terrorist said Tuesday he was secretly deported to Syria and endured 10 months of torture in a Syrian prison.
Washington Post Jan 14, 2003 U.S. Human Rights Abuses Weakening Terror War, Group Says
QUOTE: International support for the war on terrorism is weakening because of human rights abuses by the United States, Human Rights Watch charged in a report published today.
New York Times Jan 09, 2003 Ends, means and barbarity: torture in the United States
QUOTE: Torture has been outlawed in all circumstances everywhere. But global terrorism may be leading America to bend the rules.
Economist Dec 26, 2002 U.S. Decries Abuse but Defends Interrogations: 'Stress and Duress' Tactics Used on Terrorism Suspects Held in Secret Overseas Facilities
QUOTE: [US interrogation methods are]...a brass-knuckled quest for information, often in concert with allies of dubious human rights reputation, in which the traditional lines between right and wrong, legal and inhumane, are evolving and blurred.
Washington Post May 19, 2002 Fair Penalties Or Torture? U.N. at Odds With Saudis
QUOTE: Saudi Arabian diplomats clashed this week with the United Nations Committee Against Torture over whether flogging and the amputation of limbs are violations of an international treaty.
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